WCDP News: Freedom Is on the Ballot

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October 13, 2022  –  26 days to go!

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Students, community rally in support of reproductive and voting rights

“No one (including a fetus) can use your body against your consent,” read a sign from 23-year-old Lilly Mei at a Tuesday evening rally for reproductive freedom and voting rights on the Diag at the University of Michigan. “This is a message that really resonated with me,” said Mei, a U of M graduate student.

More than 200 students and local residents attended the rally in a lead-up to the November 8 election. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Representative Yousef Rabhi, as well as student and other political leaders called for people to demand change.

Student Alec Hughes, 18, said the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade had an obvious effect on students. “A lot of people have a much greater motivation to vote,” he said.

The Supreme Court decision also raises fears among students about “rolling back privacy rights for other groups,” added his friend Thomas Schneider., 26, a U-M undergraduate.

“LGBTQ people’s rights are next on the chopping block.” 

Hughes noted that an abortion ban would have profound impact on everything from health care costs to women’s mental and emotional health as they deal with an unplanned pregnancy. Even those students who seem to be apolitical have something in this election that they care about.

“This is the match that sets the forest on fire,” Hughes said.

YES on Prop 2!

YES on Prop 3!

New Saline parent, LGBTQ activist shares views on school board election 

A new parent to Saline Schools, Charlie, sat down with WCDP to talk about why their family chose to move to Saline and their hopes for the school district in the future. 

Why did you choose to move from West Virginia to Saline this year:

Charlie: I worked on the Loudoun County School District’s DEI Initiative for several years. We moved here, in part, because my LGBTQ activism in that school district made me a target for harassment. 

I saw what Saline is doing with their DEI initiative and what the Saline City Council did for Pride, and I was very impressed. The school was a major driving force in why we moved here. Plus, when we drove through Washtenaw County, we saw so many rainbow and Pride signs. You never saw that in our county in Northern Virginia. All of that made us all feel welcome.

What has been your experience with Saline so far, as your two children get adjusted to their new schools?

Charlie: At both open houses we attended for our children, we saw displays of Pride. In the library, they chose to display inclusive books which, again, made us feel very welcome. There were no displays of Pride in our public schools and many books with LGBTQ characters faced book bans and challenges.

Why is it concerning to you that a group called Saline Parents is fighting what they call the “normalization of LGBTQ” in Saline Public Schools?

Charlie: I fear the type of people that think being LGBTQ is a choice, and the pandemic has made the divisions in this country much worse. Isolation creates fear and “othering”. That’s why we need to make sure we get as many people as possible to flip that ballot over and vote for Saline school board members who will work for all our children, not only the ones certain candidates deem “normal”. 

What’s one thing you’d like voters to think about this November?

Charlie: I want people to think about what these DEI initiatives do for our children and families. When you protect one child, you are protecting all the children in those buildings. The idea that we could go backwards and lose what Saline Schools has worked on with their DEI Initiative is disheartening. 

Giving one child the same rights to go to school free from bullying, in a positive and inclusive environment for learning, that doesn’t take away any other child’s right to the same protections. It’s not a competition. That’s what President Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act is all about. These measures are about protecting everyone.

Click below to view the candidates we’re rooting for! 
Please note, we only endorse candidates who approach WCDP for that support. 

WCDP School Board Candidate Endorsements


miVoter.org from the WCDP
 The Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) introduces miVoter.org, a way to have all endorsed Democratic candidates for the November 8 election literally at your fingertips in the voting booth.

On any device, including cell phones, a user can enter their name, ZIP code, and birth year and month, and the program will display the endorsed Democrats for every office, tailored for that particular voter.  No more filling in paper ballots to take with you.  No more having to look through races you’re not eligible to vote in.  The information is completely personalized. 

Further, clicking on the name of a candidate that has been displayed will bring up a summary of the candidate’s background and qualifications for the office.

miVoter.org is available statewide, but in counties outside Washtenaw, only candidates down to US House of Representatives are included.  Voters in Jackson, Livingston, and Wayne Counties may have complete results before the election, and eventually, complete results will be available for the entire state.

For more information, go to miVoter.org and click on FAQ.

Online Training Is Coming to an End—How to Register

We still need volunteers to ensure the fairness of the November 8 election.  This year, these positions are more important than ever.  You can work on election day or choose an option that allows you to work remotely.  But please don’t wait to sign up:  The 90-minute, online training sessions end in about four weeks.

Election Challenger

Election challengers advocate for voters at the polls.  They observe the process and, when necessary, intervene to be sure that all legitimate voters can cast votes that will be counted.  You do not have to be a registered Michigan voter for this position.  

Voter Protection Hotline

You can work the Voter Protection Hotline on election day from home—or wherever you are. You will field questions from polling places by phone and relay them to the appropriate lawyers and experts as necessary.

Cure Team

Another volunteer opportunity that you can do remotely.  You will work in the weeks before the election to help voters whose completed absentee ballots have been rejected by the clerk.  Your job is to notify the voter that the ballot has been rejected and help them make the changes necessary to have their vote count. 

For complete information on all volunteer positions and to sign up for the online training, click below:

Voter Protection Volunteer Opportunities

Getting out Voter Guides

Some 78,000 copies of the eight-page guide will be hand-delivered on walkable routes in Washtenaw County. Another roughly 40,000 guides are being mailed to less walkable areas with busy roads or more spread out homes.“ We need to educate Democratic voters and get them to vote the entire ticket,” said Jennifer Fairfield, chair of the Western Washtenaw Dems and co-creator of the guide.

• No-knock drop offs • Everythingprovided • About 1 to 2 hours


Commissioner & Judicial Candidate Forum 

Thursday, October 13th at 6:00pm
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI

The local chapters of the Divine Nine sororities and fraternities will host a County Commissioners Candidates Forum and a Judicial Candidates Forum, with moderators Crystal Campbell and Taryn Willis. The forum is sponsored in part by a grant awarded to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated®, Rho Delta Zeta Chapter, by Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and in partnership with the When We All Vote campaign.

Registration here if you are a 2022 candidate wishing to participate as a panelist, or if you’d like to set up a display table!

Meet & Greet Coffee for Susan Schmidt

Sunday, October 16, 11am-1pm
Learn more about Candidate Susan Schmidt
Held outdoors if the weather permits, otherwise it’ll be indoors. 
523 4th St. in Ann Arbor

Susan is a retired AAPS Special Education teacher who was on the school board in East Lansing 20 years ago, including being elected President. This event is sponsored by Dan Ezekiel with co-sponsors Jeff Gaynor and Jean Henry.

Fundraiser for Sue Shink w/ Sen. Mallory McMorrow

Tuesday, Oct. 25th 5:30-7pm  
Please register here
Address provided upon RSVP

Join State Senate Candidate Sue Shink in welcoming Senator Mallory McMorrow as we work together to flip the Michigan State Senate after 40 years of Republican control! Meet Mallory, a Crain’s Detroit Business’s 40 Under 40, and hear about her response to the slanderous GOP fundraising appeal that went viral and earned her a call from President Biden.

See more at Mobilize or our calendar  

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All Hands On Deck

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The Big Lie MI GOP has told us who they are and what they’ll do if they retain the Michigan House and Senate.

You fought hard for fairer districts in 2018, and voted like hell in 2020 to stop Trump. Let’s #FlipLansingBlue, together!

Pick a candidate, a proposal, or a cause.

You’d be amazed what an hour or two can mean to people fighting the good fight.

From the statehouse to the school board, every race is going to matter. Making change starts with winning elections.  You know what to do!

Show out for Democrats!

WCDP Headquarters in YpsilantiGet signs & more at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings.

  • Whitmer Gilchrist Nessel Benson: suggested $10 donation
  • Black Lives Matter: $5
  • Whitmer Gilchrist on white: only $5 

Or on the eastside!
At the WCDP Ypsilanti office sidewalk sale! Check (preferred) or cash only. Call to check stock: 734-879-0556. Open Wed and Fri 4-6pm & Sat and Sun 1-3pm

Or on the westside!
At the Savage home 2367 Baker Road, Dexter, MI. Self-serve kiosk to right of garage. Put your check to “WCDP” (preferred) or cash in box & please fill out FEC form.

Also, watch out for cats! 


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